Thursday, June 25, 2020

Mutton Chops Masala

Spicy mutton chops cooked in a caramelized onion and tomato gravy, with not many ingredients, yet bursting with flavors!
Mutton Chops Masala


1/2 kg mutton chops
4 Tbsp oil
3 medium onions, coarsely ground into a paste
4 large tomatoes, coarsely ground into a paste
2 Tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 heaped tsp kashmiri chili powder
1 1/2 heaped tsp coriander powder
a pinch of baking soda
2 cups hot water
salt to taste
2 tsp chat masala
2 tsp garam masala powder

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add the coarsely ground onion and tomato. Saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add the mutton chops, salt and mix well. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the chili powder, coriander powder and baking soda.
  • Mix well. Add 2 cups of hot water and mix well. Close the pressure cooker and cook for 15 minutes or until the mutton is cooked.
  • Open the pressure cooker once the steam is released. Simmer and cook again.
  • Add the chat masala and garam masala. Mix well and continue cooking until the gravy thickens and the masala attains a nice dark reddish brown shade.
  • Serve hot sprinkled with some chopped coriander leaves.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Paneer Makhani (Restaurant style)

Succulent cottage cheese cubes cooked in a creamy tomato sauce with a hint of tang and sweetness makes the irresistibly delicious Paneer Makhani or Paneer Butter Masala, just how you get at the  restaurants! This classic paneer recipe captures the authentic flavors and is effortless to make.
The only task is to make the makhani sauce. But once that's ready , then everything just happens in a bliss.The best part of this is that the makhani sauce can be made ahead and frozen for later use. So the next time you have to make a paneer makhani or paneer butter masala, you just have to thaw the sauce and heat it along with some cream and paneer. Add a dash of kasoori methi and garam masala and there you go, your authentic restaurant style paneer makhani is ready in hardly five minutes.

 250 gm paneer/cottage cheese

For Makhani Sauce :
3-4 tomatoes, pureed
1 onion, sliced
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp garlic paste
1/2 tsp ginger paste
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin powder

3/4 cup cooking cream
2 tsp tandoori masala powder
salt to taste
1/4 tsp kasoori methi/dried fenugreek leaves
1/2 tsp garam masala powder

  • Heat the butter in a sauce pan. Add the sliced onion and saute on medium low heat until the onion starts to sweat.
  • Now add the ginger paste and garlic paste. Fry for just 30 seconds. Now add the tomato puree and mix well.
  • Add the tomato paste(this gives that beautiful red color to the dish) and mix well.
  • Add the chili powder, coriander powder and cumin powder. Mix everything well. Cook this for 5-7 minutes or until the tomato is cooked well and the sauce starts to turn slightly thick. The color of the sauce also will change into a slightly darker shade.
  • Now remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, gring this into a smooth paste. The makhani sauce is ready.
  • (For 250 gms of paneer we will be using only half of the prepared makhani sauce. You can freeze the remaining for later use.)
  • Heat half of the makhani sauce in a pan. Once it starts to bubble add the cooking cream and mix continously.
  • Add the tandoori masala powderand salt.(Some tandoori masalas have salt in them , so adjust the salt accordingly). Mix well.
  • As it starts to boil, add the paneer cubes and mix everything well.
  • Cook on a low heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Sprinkle crushed kasoori methi  and garam masala powder. Mix well. As you see the oil layer oozing from the sides, remove from heat and serve.
*You can add a dash of sugar or honey too if you prefer in the end. They do add that in the restuarants!

Overnight Apple Oats Smoothie

Sip your way to a healthier breakfast with this tasty Apple Oats smoothie. This nutritious smoothie recipe will get your day started off right and will leave you tummy full. Natural sweetness from the apple and dates makes this really healthy. You can add any nut of your choice like walnuts, almonds, cashew etc. I have used here almonds, but if you are using almond milk you can choose to add any other nut other than almond. The best part is that you can make this overnight, taking some time off your  busy morning schedule!

1 apple (chopped)
4 tbsp oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 dates (pitted)
4 almonds (chopped)
1 1/2 cup milk/almond milk

  • Add the apple, oats, chia seeds, dates and almonds along with one cup of milk or almond milk into a mason jar.
  • Mix and refrigerate overnight or for at least three hours.
  • Empty the contents from the mason jar into a blender(the oats must have puffed and absorbed all the milk by now). Add half cup more of milk/ almond milk(alternatively you can add water too) and blend well.
  • Pour the smoothie into a serving glass and have it ! Breakfast made so easy:)))